Home Makeover Series Part 3

One of the bigger improvents we did in our house is the kitchen.  It was an outdated room with lots of wasted space.  Since my husband and I both love to cook, we knew this was a rooom that we were going to put a lot of thought into.

Demo was fun!  It was the first step in a project we had been looking forward to for a long time.


This is the view when you first walked into the kitchen area. The door at the far end of the room was the access to the back yard.
The view when you walked in from the garage or side door.
The huge window looking out over the patio and yard. This pic was taken the day we tore it out!
The awesome wall oven, fridge and “pantry”.
Lovely cabinets and I think they were apples on the wallpaper. WTH?!

Before the official demo we tore the sad little pantry out to make room for a large fridge that we found on sale.

One day hubby looked at me and I knew it was, in the words of Chip Gaines, demo day!  We gutted EVERYTHING from floor to ceiling.  It was amazing.  Hubby set up a little kitchen in our basement and we were ready to go.

We had the large window torn out and double sliding glass doors installed so that we could walk right out onto the deck!  The original door that gave us access to the back yard was closed off completely on the outside and drywalled on the inside.  You can’t even tell it was there.

We ended up flipping the space so our actual working kitchen ended up where the dining area originallly was so electical and plumbing work had to be done before drywall went back up.  The entry from the garage was changed so you walked directly into our kitchen instead of a little walled off entryway.

We had to remove all of our radiators to accomodate our design so hubs put in radiant floor heat and toe kick heaters once the cabinets were in.

Now this is where I shine!

We wanted an updated rustic look so we decided on porcelain tile that looked like wood plank flooring.  It’s commercial-grade so it should stand up to anything!

Then the cabinets came in!  We wanted something light and chose a constrasting color for our island and the cabinet that houses our microwave and ONE of our coffee makers.  🙂  We also chose glass doors with rain glass for the upper cabinets that went above our desk and wetbar just to shake things up a bit.

We put a lot of thought into our countertops.  We didn’t want stone because everything we liked was high maintenance.  Same with concrete.  I didn’t want to have to seal them every year. We opted for wood believe it or not.  Ever heard of John Boos? Yup, the guy that makes amazing cutting boards.  Surprise!  They also do countertops!  They offer a Varnique finish so the wood holds up like any other countertop.  We were sold!

We are so in love with the finished product!  It’s where everyone ends up at every gathering and we are so glad that we took the extra steps to make it feel super comfy and inviting.

The finished product (along with Christmas decor!)…

The view as you walk into the space.
Our desk area. We also incorporated one of our favorite cabinets to house our dishes and servewear.
Where I house my condensed cookbook collection!
The books that I’m currently reading or using for meal planning.
My talented hubby flanked both sides of the entry with the kid’s growth charts that he made to look like rulers. Cooper’s…
The wet bar. The wine rack looks pathetic, but we did just host the holidays and a big birthday party! The blue-grey cabinet hides a coffee maker and the microwave.
Our “public” coffee and tea station.
This is an area where the kids keep their bowls, cups, and plates. They put them away when they are clean and pick them out when it’s time for dinner!
The copper farmhouse sink is one element people comment on the most. We couldn’t be happier with our choice!
Another amazing element made by my hubs. We found the wood and the mason jars were in the garage when we bought the house. LOVE how it turned out!
A close up of he copper farmhouse sink.
The fridge that started it all. We host a lot so we chose double wall ovens for the extra space. And to the left of the fridge is my new favorite toy! The Breville Smart Oven Air!
The island that houses the stove. We chose a drop-in because we had the double wall oven and this made it practical to store our pots and pans. We also wanted the griddle and grill!
A little nook we created when you walk in from the garage. It’s still a work in progress, but it keeps everything off the floor for now.
Another amazing find by my husband. This door has amazing detail and is on my project list to spruce up this year!


Well, I hope you enjoyed this installment of Home Design Series!  It was one of our favorite projects to date!


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